Producer | Performer | Relational Dynamics Coach (RD1st)
My work is underpinned with an interest in creative and physical expression, supporting the development of the individual and collaborating with others to realise artistic goals. For over 20 years I performed in theatre, dance, film, street-performance, puppetry, and community dance practice. I have been funded and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Carlow Arts Festival, Kildare Arts Office, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, LD Dance Shawbrook, Firkin Crane, The Laban Guild, and Tipperary Dance to develop evolving practices. My full-length solo showThirteen Steps to the Attic premiered in 2017 and continues to tour.
I am passionate about working with artists to produce ambitious new work across a variety of contexts: theatre, non-theatre, film, online, outdoors and in gallery spaces. Some of the artists and companies I work with as a producer include Róisín Whelan Dance, and Rowan Tolley Company (UK), and as line producer with the award-winning Junk Ensemble since 2017. I was assistant producer, and then producer with Tipperary Dance (2019-2021), Participant Producer for Dance Ireland’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme (2021) and Programme Co-ordinator at Shawbrook (2014-2021).
Working with a number of arts organisations and local authorities, I designed, curated, led, and facilitated community dance projects including This Beating Heart for older people commissioned by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, 2013; Stepping In – Stepping Out Public Art Commission by Offaly Arts Office & Tullamore Town Council funded under the Per Cent for Arts Scheme, 2012; Dance Waves training and performance project Laois Sports Partnership, 2009-2011. Michelle was co-artistic director of Macushla Dance Club 2008-2012
Between 2002 – 2017 I taught and lectured dance, movement studies and performance modules in further and higher education including University of Limerick, Dundalk Institute of Technology and for the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.
I am proud to be a director on the board of Galway Dance Project since 2019, and previously sat on the board of Dance Ireland from 2013-2017. I am a qualified Relational Dynamics Coach with RD1st.
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2021 Arts Council Agility Award (Dance)
2020 Arts Council Professional Development Award (Dance)
2020 Kildare Arts Office Artists in Schools Bursary postponed until 2021
2020 McB Bursary for Dance, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig postponed until 2021
2018 Dancer in Residence at Ballygar Theatre & Arts Space, East Galway, Nov
2017 Arts Council of Ireland Project Award; Firkin Crane Production Residency; TRY! Dance Residency, Tipperary Dance Platform / Tipperary Exel Arts Centre; ELEVATOR Producer Mentorship Programme, Irish Theatre Institute / Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
2016 Shawbrook Artists Residency; THE NEXT STAGE Professional Development Programme Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre Forum; Touring Grant Award, Longford County Council
2015 Bursary Award, Dublin City Arts Office
2014 SPACE PROGRAMME Professional Development Residency,The Performance Corporation
2012 Per Cent for Arts Award | Offaly County Council and Tullamore Town Council
2009 Bursary Award | Dublin City Council Arts
2007 Travel & Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland
2004 Professional Development Award | Dublin City Arts Office
‘97-‘98 Student Bursary | The Laban Centre for Movement & Dance / Trinity LABAN
‘96-‘99 Full-time Undergraduate Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland
Funded and supported by;
The Arts Council of Ireland, Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane, Dublin City Council, Tipperary Dance, The Per Cent for Arts Scheme, EU Commission, Bealtaine Festival, Laois Sports Partnership, Longford County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CoCo, The Laban Guild, City of Dublin Education and Training Board.
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